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4.4.7 Individual requests cancellation of FTB

Requesting a cancellation

Generally, an individual may request a cancellation of FTB instalments at any time. This allows individuals to choose another delivery method after they have started receiving FTB by fortnightly payments.

Explanation: They may choose to have their FTB entitlement paid as a lump sum at the end of the income year.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 21(3) Request for cessation of instalment determination

Cancellation of FTB instalments

An instalment individual may only ask to stop an instalment entitlement determination if the individual and/or their partner (1.1.P.30) is not receiving:

  • an income support payment (social security pension (1.1.S.90) or benefit (1.1.S.60))
  • DVA service pension (1.1.S.30)
  • DVA veteran payment (1.1.V.05), or
  • DVA income support supplement.

If the individual is receiving any of these payments, they can only be paid FTB by fortnightly instalments.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 28B Variation of instalment entitlement determination where claim made for another payment type

Date of effect of cancellation

The following table outlines the date of effect of the cancellation when an individual requests to stop their instalment entitlement.

If the individual … the date of effect of the cancellation is …
does not specify a date the day after the end of the latest entitlement period of the person.

Explanation: This is the date paid to (DPT) + 1.
specifies a date from the date nominated by the individual.

Explanation: This may be the date of notification, another specified later date, or DPT+1.

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